National City Stories

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"End Times Christian Soldiers Mission," says the church near Oak Park School. Lord, why does everyone love this "end is nigh" stuff? I'm aboard the 955 bus, heading south toward National City. On the other ...

Upside-Down? Go Short

In San Diego’s hemorrhaging real estate industry, it’s better to be upside-down and rich than upside-down and poor. That may sound axiomatic — it’s always nicer to be rich than poor — but carriage-trade folks ...

Where the Pain Is

What’s the difference between National City and Rancho Santa Fe? Well — er, uh — money comes to mind. Last year, median household income in National City was $44,130, according to figures provided by the ...

Brothel Bash

I got a call about a party in Stockton but thought it was too far to drive. I was tempted, however, when I heard the warehouse was going to be decorated as a brothel. Ken ...

Lucky Waller Park, 1974

Shnops and Sheriff Don Amos at Lucky Waller Park in National City, 1974. San Diego County sheriffs have employed dogs for 40 years. The San Diego Police Department's K-9 unit -- the largest in the ...

Gilded Shams: The Fountain of Youth (Part Two)

Depending on who tells the story, when Captain Charles Fitzallen sailed from Cardiff, Wales, aboard the Challenger in 1887, he had a bald spot either the size of a monk’s tonsure or the Great Globe ...

Of Course You Qualify!

Foreclosures and how we got there.

Mario is a recent immigrant from Mexico, and he's typical of homeowners facing foreclosure. He doesn't want me to use his surname; he's ashamed of getting behind on his payments. He thinks he's been irresponsible, ...

Paradise Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church, National City

A wide range of musical styles carried a wide range of religious sentiments during the first half of the Sabbath service. Old-timey hymn piano, keeping the beat under the opening songs: "Majesty, worship His majesty/ ...

South Bay Community Church, National City

"This is one of the best churches that I've ever been to," said congregant John. "It's kind of like God's little secret. If you come here at nine o'clock, you'll see the other room set ...

Get Dirty! Have Fun!

'One of my pet peeves right now is the school educational system," says Susan Walter, education chair for the National City Living History Farm Preserve (informally known as the Stein Family Farm). "Kids are taught ...

Playing Hard to Get, Chargers Prefer L.A.

In France, a common mini-scandal is the ménage à trois, a person with two lovers, sometimes under the same roof. The San Diego Chargers, secretly and lustfully eyeing the Los Angeles market, may outscandalize the ...

Apostolic Assembly of National City, National City

Pastor Misael Zaragoza was a Navy Seal in the Vietnam War, and it was his idea to hold a patriotic celebration service, which bore a strong military emphasis. But it opened with straightforward praise: Eddie ...

Multicultural Mixers

Tiffany was turning 30 and hosting a party in the clubhouse of her Mission Valley apartment complex. I got there a few minutes after 7 p.m. as she was setting up, so I shot pool ...

Light Eye at Lai Thai

That's odd. Here it stands, right in the hub of Little Manila. On one side is that outpost of the venerable Filipino Ma Mon Luk noodle empire, Asian Noodles. On the other, across East Plaza ...

Inzunza's Hideaways

It turns out that National City mayor Nick Inzunza, recently the subject of a Union-Tribune exposé about his plans to take an extended holiday vacation from his mayoral duties, owns a getaway in the San ...

Bird's-Eye Lowdown On Downtown

Few legislators have had as great an impact on San Diego as former state senator James R. Mills. Recently, in a Coronado café, he sat down for an interview. Today there is a proposal to ...

Fat and loathing in National City

Down in National City, Mayor Nick Inzunza, who recently announced he's running for the 79th District state assembly seat being vacated by Juan Vargas, has ramped up his campaign with an anti-fat theme. "Mayor Inzunza ...

Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist

"Today's passage tells us about a slave girl that was pimped twice over. She was being pimped by her master and she was being pimped by Satan," said Pastor Andrea King. King's sermon, The Art ...

Paper airplanes

The election isn't until 2006, but the campaigning, at public expense, seems to have already begun. Late last week, a slick, full-color brochure, headlined "Fly into the Future," showed up as an insert in the ...

Traverse a new bridge on the latest completed link in the bicycle route encircling south San Diego Bay.

Some three decades in the making, the bicycle route encircling the south end of San Diego Bay is nearing completion. The past decade has seen the construction of new bicycle paths along the bay shore ...

Best of 2003: Best Under-The-Freeway Café-Bar

Moonlight on the Sea/ Club 13 640 Civic Center Drive, National City 619-477-2851 They say Club 13 is the second-oldest bar in town. The building dates from 1934. It's been Club 13 since 1943. Hell's ...

Best of 2003: Best Biscuits & Gravy Joint

Mary J's Café 1930 Cleveland Avenue, National City 619-477-6645 This is real National City, with mile-long freight trains passing right behind the place, and Mary J. serving up biscuits and gravy as she did when ...

Conceal, Destroy, Mutilate, Falsify

Even in a town where every month some major or minor political figure is caught with a conflict or an unreported loan or a few unpaid bills or some back taxes, Tony Inocentes stands alone. ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Find Cheap, Out-Of-This-World Fabric

UFO (Upholstery Fabric Outlet) 1919 Hoover Avenue, National City 619-477-9341 1120 N. Melrose, Vista 760-941-2345 At UFO's two warehouse locations, every material you could ever hope to weave into your world exists. And, at a ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Buy New Kids' Clothes Cheap

Kid's Outlet Retail & Wholesale 5971 University Avenue, northeast San Diego 619-582-1676 Other locations in National City, Chula Vista, and San Ysidro The rate at which children outgrow or ruin clothes is startling. At Kid's ...

Best of 2000: Best Temporary Tattoos

Hot Topic Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City (619) 472-8772 Mastodon 4638 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach (858) 272-1188 You want it but you don't. Or at least you want to see how it ...

Best of 2000: Best Alternative Shop

Hot Topic Mission Valley Center, 1640 Camino del Rio North, Mission Valley (619) 542-8450 Other locations in National City, El Cajon, Carlsbad, Escondido www.hottopic.com This store brings rave, goth, punk, and retro attire together like ...

Best of 2000: Best Place For Hawaiian Food

Da Kine's Plate Lunches 4120 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach (858) 274-8494 1635 Sweetwater Road, Suite H, National City (619) 477-8494 For a real Kalua pig, you have to cook it imu style -- in the ...

Best of 2000: Best Barbecue

The Barbecue Pit 2888 University Avenue, North Park (619) 298-2400 2388 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon (619) 462-5434 920 East Plaza Boulevard, National City (619)262-0331 727 Center Drive, San Marcos (760) 432-0177 Say "barbecue" and people ...

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